There are two ways to drive a nail: one is to use the single blow of a sledgehammer… the other — to use several precise strokes of a mallet. That’s not necessarily to say that the 2014 Corvette is the former, and the 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is the latter, but the notion that there are different ways to make a great performance vehicle shouldn’t be lost upon you.
But just in case the above analogy didn’t stick, here are some quick facts:
- The CTS-V Coupe is heavier and more powerful than the 2014 Corvette
- Both the CTS-V Coupe and 2014 Corvette Stingray sprint from 0-60 MPH in about the same amount of time (4.0 seconds), but get there differently: the C7 Stingray’s naturally-aspirated LT1 V8 is the latest from GM’s storied small block offerings, making 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque; the CTS-V utilizes a blown 6.2 liter LSA that’s based on GM’s last-gen small block family
- As far as looks go, the Vette and the Caddy are irrefutably different approaches to sports-car styling. But it just so happens that the CTS-V Coupe offers two extra seats (that perhaps should be used only for children), while the C7’s all-new world-class interior, with the latest technology and high-quality materials presents a serious challenge to the CTS-V’s cabin
- Then there are other factors, such as the “image” provided by an upscale Cadillac and the Corvette (it’s still a Chevy, which is a whole different can of worms), along with the manufacturer’s warranty, and price
Ultimately, choosing between the C7 and the CTS-V is a good problem to have — and we’re pleased that the choice for the world’s best performance cars comes down to two offerings from The General.
Add to all of that the fact that the C7 and the 2013 CTS-V two-door shouldn’t be that far apart in price, ast least until the all-new CTS and its V counterpart comes to market. So, would you buy the C7 (with Z51 package, perhaps) or the 2013 CTS-V Coupe — if you had to make your choice by the end of 2013? Vote in the poll, then talk to us in the comments below.